APRIL 18, 2017
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Voices in Your Head Sings Outside the Cube
Campus Religious Groups Respond to Climate Survey BY KATHERINE VEGA SENIOR REPORTER
Courtesy of Al Daibes The members of Voices in Your Head head to ICCA Finals in New York with half a dozen new members and a more unified sound than ever.
BY ALEXIA BACIGALUPI & MAY HUANG ARTS EDITORS
The sound of 15 voices buzzes like a cloud of cicadas on a summer night. It expands and subsides, lingering in the air as a delicate reverence fi lls the room. Slowed down and stripped bare, the chorus of “How Deep Is Your Love?” becomes an intimate hymn suffused with subtle yearning and urgency. Bright, piercing
vocals arch while soft beatboxing builds understated tension before resolving into silence. With just over a week until the 2017 International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) Finals, Voices in Your Head has been rehearsing nearly every day, tweaking and perfecting its set. A surprising win at semi-finals means that the coed a cappella group, which has been preparing since January, will compete against nine other
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teams in New York on April 22. The bar has been set high—the last time the group competed, in 2015, it placed second—but the emphasis for the group has been in developing its skills. “At the end of the day, knowing that our main focus for doing this competition is to get better as an ensemble, to get better as musicians” said fourth-year president David Gosz. After nearly half the group Continued on page 6
According to the 2016 Campus Climate Survey, Jewish and Muslim respondents reported higher proportions of discrimination, harassment, and disrespect on campus than other religious groups. T he information was released on April 7 by Provost Daniel Diermeier, who sent the report on the campus climate regarding religious tolerance in an e-mail to students, faculty, and staff. The release followed a report from November that described the campus climate regarding race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, sexual identity, and ability status. In general, most students had a positive opinion of the campus climate regarding religion. 80 percent of respondents felt that their “proximal campus climate” (the respondents’ classes, department, or work units) was tolerant, and 71 percent felt the “overall campus”
was. Across all identity groups, people felt that their proximal climate was more tolerant than the overall campus. However, disparities in the level of tolerance for both sets of questions existed, especially with Jewish and Muslim members of the community. A h igher pr op or t ion of Muslim respondents reported a negative climate, with 31 percent responding that the overall campus climate was negative. Jewish respondents had the next highest levels of dissatisfaction, with 17 percent responding that there was a negative overall climate. When looking at just students, these figures jump for all seven groups, especially among Christian, Jewish, and Muslim students, who responded that the overall climate was negative at rates of 19 percent, 21 percent, and 36 percent, respectively. Muslim and Jewish respondents also reported non-physContinued on page 2
Seminary Co-Op Talks Changes at Town Hall BY TYRONE LOMAX STAFF REPORTER
Last Thursday, the Seminary Co-Op’s board of directors held a town hall meeting, open to both members and shareholders, to discuss the current standing of the bookstore. Last June, the Co-Op introduced the Customer Loyalty program so that Co-Op members and shareholders can be distinguished from each other. Before the program, new members were automatically also considered shareholders; now, a stock purchase is required to become a shareholder. Both
members a nd sha reholders have a 10 percent monthly rebate perk at the Co-Op, but only shareholders can cast votes for Co-Op policies. In an e-mail sent out by Jeff Deutsch, the current Co-Op director, this past February, the board categorized shareholders into charter members and active members. Charter members no longer have the ability to cast votes but still have the rebate. Active members have the rebate and are able to vote. All past shareholders have until the end of April to respond to Deutsch’s e-mail before being considered a char-
ter member. If a shareholder responds a fter Apr il, their membership can be switched to active. According to Deutsch, sales have been improving for the bookstore. The Co-Op is recovering from last year’s deficit but could also benefit from a structural change, he said. Deutsch commented that in one sense, the Co-Op never felt like a co-op, nor has it operated effectively as one. Later this year, shareholders will have an opportunity to discuss new forms for the Co-Op to take, including a proposal to become a Continued on page 2
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Graph by Adam Thorp. Percentages are for all respondents; numbers for students alone were typically higher. Responses coded as secular and non-religious (5%, 7%), other (5%, 10%), and no response (5%, 8%) are not reported above.
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Events 4/18 — 4/21 Today Let’s Make a Deal: The Path Forward on Energy and Climate Policy Quadrangle Club, 5:15–6:30 p.m. A panel of experts will discuss the future of domestic and international climate policy under President Trump. Obama Library Community Benefits Agreement Town Hall Hyde Park Academy High School, 6220 S. Stony Island Ave., 6 p.m. Proponents of a legal agreement guaranteeing that the community around the Obama Library gains from the developments it brings with it gather to make their case. Trump’s First 100 Days: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly International House, Assembly Hall, 5:15–6:30 p.m. A panel of current and former Representatives will discuss Trump’s successes and failures in his first 100 days in office.
Student Health and Counseling Services Talks New Programs BY YEO NS U JANG MAROON CONTRIBUTOR
The University of Chicago’s Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS) and Student Health Advisory Board (SHAB) held a town hall this past Wednesday. SH A B and SHC S leadersh ip sta f f re viewed their work from the past year and spoke about their plans to improve services based on a recent student perception survey. Julie Edwards, director of Health Promotion & Wellness, spoke about new SHCS programs and changes, including Mental Health First Aid Training sessions that will be offered next year and an expansion of Mindfulness Meditation sessions. Jennifer Connor, director of Clinical Operations of Student Health Service (SHS), also said SHS will open its Registered Nurse Clinic that
will accommodate 15 more appointments a day. Many of the changes come largely in response to the results of a recent survey sent out to students assessing the perception of SHCS on campus. In addition to the results ref lected in SHCS new programs, the survey showed that students emphasized the need for extended walk-in hours on nights and weekends, online scheduling, and more transparency about University Student Health Insurance (U-SHIP). David Albert, the director of Student Counseling Service (SCS) said survey results showed L GB T Q +, mi nor ity and international students use counseling services the least. He said that in the last year SCS has hired several psychologists with expertise in LGBTQ+, minority and international student populations, and that the SCS will add
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From Spaces to Places: Public Art Walking Tour Cobb Hall, 5:30–6:30 p.m. This public art tour will begin at the Black Sphere across the street from Cobb Hall and guide visitors through the many sculptures on campus.
Thursday, April 20 Jared Diamond: Extra-terrestrial Life and the Function of Human Religion Kent Hall, Room 107, 5-7 p.m. This talk, by the author of the Pulitzer-Prize-winning book, “Guns, Germs, and Steel,” will consider what an intelligent alien visiting Earth might think of human religion. See more at chicagomaroon.com/ events. Submit your own events through our intuitive interface. ONLINE: Changes at the economics department; New research on celiac disease; Carillonneurs set out on Midwest tour; Rats at the Reg.
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Alexandra Davis Jack Cella, who managed the Co-Op for 43 years, addresses the crowd at an October meeting.
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nonprofit organization. “We’ve been this idea of a co-op where people can feel good about joining a co-op, but there’s no responsibility to it,” Deutsch said. “That’s not what a co-op is. A co-op is something that requires work from all the people that are involved…. We need to get there.” The modest level of member involvement is the result of a lack of communication between the board and members, Deutsch said. The Co-Op board has not asked its members to become actively involved in the past. This fault was ref lected at the town hall meeting, during which issues of communication arose multiple times over the course of the Q&A. Complaints regarding membership status, the strained relationship between the Co-Op board and members, and the Co-Op leadership were also voiced by attendees. In an interview with T HE M A ROON , Deutsch noted that he received e-mails after the meeting from members interested in helping or becoming
involved in governance. Overall, the town hall meeting encouraged members to question how they could be more helpful in the future, he said. “You can still be a member, not a shareholder, and act as an advocate on behalf of the store,” Deutsch said. “[C]are about this place, shop here, have this be your only bookstore you support or your main bookstore that you support. The only real difference [for shareholders] is that they’re engaged in the governance proper, and that has been I think really eye-opening for a lot of people to realize that that’s what we need.” The next shareholder meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 4, at the Co-Op, where the proposal for becoming a nonprofit will be discussed. A lthough he has no strong opinions on the matter, Deutsch is enthusiastic about opening a dialogue. Shareholder voting for the transition will ideally happen next spring, Deutsch said. The next town ha l l meeting is scheduled for Saturday, May 20, at 1 p.m.
Adv isor y B oard, consisting of students from the College and graduate divisions, and of faculty and members of the administration, also spoke at the meeting. Of the three subcommittees that address communication, patient-feedback, and education, the communication subcommittee shared suggestions and overall positive feedback on SHCS’s revamped website, which combines four previously different websites: SHS, SCS, Health Promotion & Wellness and Insurance. A representative of the education sub-committee also said the committee is working on a newsletter to inform the community on their initiatives, such as SHCS’s new medical director and trauma center. For future feedback, Edwards said SHCS will utilize the Campus Needs Assessment to better understand students’ needs.
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Wednesday, April 19
Free University: How Democracy Fails Seminary Co-Op, 8–9:30 p.m. Professor Bruce Lincoln speaks on “How Democracies Fail;” Professor Michael Geyer responds. This is the second event in the Free University’s inaugural series “Politics Now.”
Mandarin and Portuguese to the list of languages in which it can provide psychotherapy. He also encouraged students to use SCS even in situations they do not believe are dire. Edwards said Health Promotion & Wellness will enhance their Better Together campaign which aims to expand programs for graduate students in response to the survey. Health Promotion & Wellness is also looking for ways to better market its services, according to the meeting, and to create more targeted emails for students. Health Promotion & Wellness will begin to offer Mental Health First Aid Training after two successful pilot runs in October and April. It will also expand Mindfulness Meditation, which is currently offered four times a quarter with new staff. R epr e s ent at ive s o f t he
ical discrimination or harassment, online harassment, or physical discrimination or harassment in larger proportions than the overall respondent group. These numbers were also higher among just student respondents. “At Spiritual Life, we do hear about such experiences [of discrimination and harassment], often from members of the Muslim and Jewish communities, as ref lected in the survey results, and also from members of other world traditions for which the respondent numbers were unfortunately too small to elicit reportable data,” Jigna Shah, assistant dean of Rockefeller Chapel and director of spiritual life wrote in an e-mail to T HE M A ROON. Fou r th-yea r A la T i neh , president of the Muslim Student Association (MSA), served on the steering committee for the survey, although MSA as a group was not consulted explicitly. In an e-mail to T HE M A ROON , Tineh wrote that she was not surprised by the results but still disheartened to see that 62 percent of Muslim respondents did not feel respected at the University. “Honestly, numbers do not mean anything when you live it day-to-day, but it is better evidence of what life is like for so many students…. What does that say about the type of people who attend this university? Moreover, I am very confused as to why these results were not included with the original report released earlier this academic year,” she wrote. Diermeier’s e-mail did not specify why the results regarding religion were released separately, but the November 2016 report specified that it on ly conta i ned the “ i n itia l survey results” and that “ad-
ditional data from the Climate Survey will be used to conduct in-depth examinations of important topics not addressed herein.” One potential topic listed was discrimination, harassment, and bias associated with religious affiliation. Members of the Muslim community on campus met with Vice Provost Melissa Gilliam on Friday afternoon. According to Tineh, the meeting was not scheduled until after the results of the survey came out. Tineh had planned to ask why the relig ious tolerance questions were released separately, discuss the results of the survey, and brainstorm ideas to make campus more inclusive for Muslims. “These are all part of larger issues…that include ignorance among a so-called educated population, issues with the Core Curriculum, a lack of understanding of intersectionality among administrators, and, of course, freedom of expression,” Tineh wrote. T H E M A R O ON reached out to Hillel for comment but did not receive a response by press time. Shah wrote that conversations about the campus climate would be ongoing. “We welcome the spotlight on these experiences, and we’ll be continuing to address campus climate issues as a major piece of what we do,” Shah wrote. In an e-mail to faculty, students, and staff, Provost Diermeier announced two group discussions, planned for April 24 and 25, that will provide an opportunity for further reflection on the results. He also wrote that the University is developing a “comprehensive action plan” to address diversity and inclusion issues on campus that will be discussed in detail later this spring.
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Uncommon Interview: Hugo Award Nominee Ada Palmer BY STEPHANIE PALAZZOLO ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR
Too Like the Lightning, the debut novel of assistant professor of early modern European history Ada Palmer, has been nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel, and Palmer has been nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. The novel takes place in the 25th century, where flying cars remove the need for geographical nations, which are replaced with seven “Hives” that citizens sign up to be a part of. T HE CHICAGO M AROON spoke with the author about her science fiction novel, the fi rst of a fourpart series, and her classes at UChicago. C H IC AG O M A R O ON : Interestingly enough, although it is a science fiction novel, the book is written in a very different style, right? Ada Palmer: These books are written in the style of an 18th century philosophical novel with a strong narrative voice and lots of addresses to the reader and, “Oh dear reader, you think this person has done a terrible thing, but let me explain to you why the thing he did was not terrible,” and then he goes off on a long philosophical tangent about Voltaire. You’re just like, “That was delightful…slightly irrelevant, but delightful.” One of the processes for the reader of the book is to try to figure out gradually why the narrator is writing in this weird style and whether these events can only be understood through that lens. CM: Where’d your inspiration arise from, and what made you want to write a book with such an intersection of so many topics like philosophy, politics, science fiction? AP: I mean, good science fiction is like that. Great science fiction is full of ideas, not just one, or two, or five ideas, but new ideas in every page. Also, I was inspired by reading pre-modern science fiction, which I do as a historian. We think of science fiction as a late 19th- and 20th-century genre, but Voltaire wrote a science fiction short story called “Micromegas,” in which aliens from another star and from Saturn come to the Earth. When they make first contact with people, the fi rst thing they discuss is, “Is Plato or Descartes correct about how the soul and body connect to each other?” and “Is Thomas Aquinas’s discussion of Aristotle’s divisions of the parts of the soul true?” Voltaire’s society was obsessed with providence, so providence and the existence of God and the immaterial soul was what his people talked to aliens about, and it was as plausible to him as our science fiction works are to us. So I wanted to write science fiction that used the amazingly sophisticated vocabulary of modern science fiction, all the great developments we’ve had in terms of thinking about AI and flying cars, but to ask questions like Voltaire would. So this narrator is obsessed with providence and whether you can deduce its existence from observing the world, which is not a question that any author has ever asked of a sophisticated “flying cars” fictional future. So by bringing those two things together and asking an Enlightenment set of questions of a 21st-century-style science fictional future, I touch on a lot of points of culture that science fiction doesn’t explore as much as the 18th century did, like gender or human agency within action or determinism vs. free will. CM: You also do a lot of work specifically with the Renaissance. Tell me about your Italian Renaissance class. AP: Yes, in the class I do a simulation of the Papal election of 1492 for my Italian Renaissance course. In the event, each of the students in the class is a different participant in the election. They give us
Rockefeller Chapel to have the event in, and everyone is in costume. Each person has a unique character; you receive a packet with five to ten pages of information about your character’s personality and background and desires and opinions of everyone else—who’s an ally, who’s an enemy, who’s a peon that you don’t care about. You also get an envelope of resources that you can trade with other characters to try to achieve your goal. So there are cards that represent money, land, titles, or nieces or nephews you can marry to each other, or courtiers and servants that you can give each other as presents. Then, over the course of the event, they fi rst have to negotiate and elect a pope, and then after the pope is elected, they fight a war because some of the characters are the crown heads of Europe who are gearing up to have a war. But which war, who allies with whom, against whom, who invades what is determined by the shape of the alliances that develop over the course of simulation. Who ends up being allied in the course of trying to form cohorts to vote for popular pope candidates ends up totally reshaping the war, which then in turn reshapes Europe afterward. It’s sort of an exercise in alternate history because every time I run it, there’s a different outcome in terms of what territory changes hands, who ends up powerful, who ends up weak. Then we talk about contingencies, how this could have happened, how what did happen was something else, how very, very tiny differences made completely different political outcomes. Then at the end of it, we read Machiavelli’s Prince, where, of course, he talks about exactly this decade and exactly these people and their actions. Once you go through the simulation, you get why those particular examples that Machiavelli uses makes sense in a way that his contemporaries understood but that we don’t because these people aren’t household names to us the way they were to Machiavelli and his readers. But the simulation means that by the time you get to the end, they are household names for us; in fact, they’re sitting in the room. And when Machiavelli says the king of France did this for this reason, you turn to the king of France and say, “You did do this, but was it for the reason Machiavelli said you did it?” CM: So it gives you context for the readings you do afterwards? AP: Exactly. Also, it immerses ourselves in the period because it’s very easy to look at different points in history, especially points like the Renaissance and just think everyone was an idiot. They’re deeply embedded in these absurd factional rivalries like the factional rivalry between the Guelphs and Ghibellines, and they end up ripping themselves apart and destroying everything they worked to build because of petty factionalism. If you, instead, really work on getting into the context and the culture and immersing yourself, especially through the act of trying hard to get your faction into power, you start to see why they couldn’t just drop it, why it had connections and power and a structure that went deeper than something you can just walk away from. So you go into this simulation feeling like Guelphs and Ghibellines are the arbitrary political categories that they are, but a week and a half in, you hate the Ghibellines if you’re on the Guelphs’s side, and you feel this, “I and everything I care about will burn if they take power; I can’t let that happen,” which was exactly what was happening in Romeo and Juliet. We don’t see the political stuff that Shakespeare’s viewers would have known was there. So a lot of it is about
cultivating historical empathy, the ability to step out of our modern mindset, step into another mindset and see how, from the inside, the decisions that people made that seem irrational to us were rational to them given their pressures, their circumstances, and their understandings of the world. CM: Are there any other teaching methods or ideologies or anything that you’re trying to bring to this class? AP: There’s a lot of different ways of thinking about how historical change happens and how much control we as individuals have over historical events. None of these models really have any space for how you are an actor within history and how your actions affect history if you aren’t Julius Caesar and or a giant economic force but a giant person within a giant economic force. So when we come through in the
end and discuss comparing the event to the real history, you get a picture of historical change being, not like an inevitable clockwork machine, but a lot more like a dam that’s overflowing. The dam is going to break, there is too much water, the social and economic and political forces are too strong—nothing will make there be peace at the end of this election. But the individual people are the ones digging the channels that are going to determine where the floodwaters go. So there will be a flood, but will any individual person, or city, or place be harmed by that flood? That’s up to the actions of individuals. And I think that’s a really fruitful way of thinking about history and our capacity to influence history. So we’re neither powerful nor powerless in that sense, and I think that it’s useful to learn to think about history in that way.
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VIEWPOINTS Letter: How University of Chicago Students Can Work to End Chechnya’s Gay Concentration Camps BY RAJIV HURHANGEE MAROON CONTRIBUTOR
Two weeks ago, the Russian daily Novaya Gazeta reported mass arrests of gay men in Chechnya. The situation is horrific: more than 100 men have been detained by the police in concentration camps, and as many as 20 are believed to have been killed. According to accounts from those who have escaped, up to 30 prisoners are crammed in a single cell in these camps, where they are held without food. They are tortured with electric shocks and cables and forced to give names of other LGBTQ+ persons to the officers. Prisoners are also subjected to beatings, some of which turn out to be fatal. Human rights groups have described the situation in Chechnya as the worst abuse of LGBTQ+ people seen in years. Chechen officials have dismissed these allegations as a joke, denying that there are any gay people in Chechnya. In response, Amnesty International has launched a global campaign urging the Chechen government to thoroughly investigate these allegations, ensure the safety of LGBTQ+ persons in the region, and bring the perpetrators of these crimes to justice. Hundreds of thousands around the world are protesting the state of LGBTQ+ rights in Chechnya. Amnesty’s UChicago chapter is supporting this global effort by mobilizing the UChicago community to take action. Below are six quick, direct, and effective ways we can help end the persecution of LGBTQ+ people in Chechnya.
Please do not underestimate how impactful you can be. Amnesty International has had tremendous success effecting change by employing exactly these sorts of strategies, which is why it is crucial that we take action. 1. Sign UChicago - Amnesty International’s Petition (One minute) The petition calls on Chechen authorities to investigate and put an end to the horrific abuse of LGBTQ+ persons in Chechnya, ensure the safety of wLGBTQ+ people in the region, and bring the perpetrators of these crimes to justice. 2. Lobby LGBTQ+ dating apps (One minute) According to local activists, LGBTQ+ people in Russia who are the victims of abuse often meet their attackers on dating apps. Activists are calling on Grindr and Hornet, two popular dating apps in the region, to set up automatic alerts to Russian users with tips on how to remain safe. 3. Write to Russian officials (10–15 minutes) Writing saves lives. Write to Russian officials urging them to carry out effective and thorough investigations into the recent reports of LGBTQ+ abuse, take all the necessary steps to ensure the safety of all affected individuals, and hold accountable the perpetrators of these crimes. Two key officials you can reach by e-mail are Sergei Vasilievich Sokolov, acting head of the Investigation Committee for the Chechen Republic, and Sergey Kislyak,
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Russian ambassador to the United States. Remind them that international human rights obligations require that they prohibit discrimination, and investigate and prosecute all forms of hate crime. If you’re not sure what to include in your e-mail, use Amnesty’s toolkit. 4. Contact the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (10–15 minutes) Write to U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley asking her to pressure Russian diplomats at the U.N. to investigate the recent reports of LGBTQ+ abuse in Chechnya. Like the aforementioned Russian officials, Haley has pressing obligations to prosecute
instances of hate crime. 5. Donate to the Russian LGBT Network (5–10 minutes) The Russian LGBT Network is providing direct, on-the-ground support to LGBTQ+ people in Chechnya. They are evacuating people who are under threat of being persecuted and documenting the situation as it unfolds. 6. Spread the word (5–10 minutes) Forward all of this information, or share this article, to your UChicago peers: students, faculty, staff, and alumni. If you are an undergraduate student, make sure you share this with your house during house meeting or in
your house’s Facebook group. If you are a member or leader of a student group, forward all of this to your listhost, and urge your peers to take action. Faculty and staff members, please share this information with your departments and offices. I hope that you will do everything in your power to end the suffering of LGBTQ+ persons in Chechnya. Rajiv Hurhangee is a thirdyear in the College majoring in philosophy. Editor’s Note: Links for petitions to sign, toolkits to use, and officials to contact can be found in the online version of this article.
Letter: D.C. Must Fight for Statehood In the April 13 issue of T HE M A ROON , columnist Fred Kardos argued that D.C. statehood is currently not v iable and therefore not worth pursuing. While he may be right that D.C. statehood is profoundly unlikely in today’s political climate, if we wait for the right moment, it will never come. D.C.’s status as a federal district and subsequent lack of political autonomy is an anomaly in the U.S. This abnormal legal standing has allowed the federal government to systematically bully the 672,228 residents of the city throughout its existence. As a proud resident of D.C., I believe fighting for statehood is necessary in order to fully enact the promise of citizenship for all Americans, including those who happen to live in the nation’s capital. Wash i ng t on has a lways been defined by the federal government, and this unique relationship has always adversely affected the residents of the city. Created by the 1790 Residence Act, D.C.’s original government consisted of three city commissioners appointed by the president. D.C. has had several forms of government since, and its disastrous histories demonstrate D.C.’s pressing need for political representation. In 1871, Congress created a territorial government for the city consisting of an elected governor, a mayor, and a city council of 12 members. Black men gained political power, banning racial discrimination in public places and funding much needed internal improvements. Alarmed, Congress rolled back the changes in 1874, Joan Quigley writes in her 2016 history Just Another Southern Town. In 1901, Congress, in codifying D.C.’s laws, simply ig nored those banning discrimination, Constance Green writes in her 1967 history The
Secret City. In 1967 President Lyndon B. Johnson reorganized the D.C. government to consist of a mayor-commissioner, assistant mayor-commissioners, and a nine-member city council. All of these “representatives” were appointed by the president. Finally, in 1974, Washington, D.C. gained home rule with an elected mayor and city council, but remained subject to Congressional authority. Each of these governments has subjected D.C. residents to the will of representatives who often do not know or care about the city. Furthermore, we don’t need to speculate about the consequences of riots in Washington. D.C., because we have seen them already. In 1968, Washing ton g rappled with three days of rioting following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The riots ravaged three areas of the city largely home to the city’s black population, and Congress disdained
providing aid to the city. Despite citizens’ visions for redevelopment, Congress’s lack of support precipitated a decline that would persist through the end of the 20th century. Federal intrusion into the city’s autonomy has continued into the present. Congress continues to interfere with D.C. laws, and it appears its efforts are only accelerating. History demonstrates the ways that Congress has created and perpetuated inequality in my city. It is true that D.C. statehood doesn’t look likely. Still, city leaders and residents must fight for representation in order to correct past inequities in the city and create a more just future. Sarah Manhardt is a fourthyear majoring in history and geographical studies. She is a former deputy editor-in-chief of T HE M A ROON.
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ARTS “Jewelry, Bitch, I’m Gay”: LMAO with LGBTQIA BY BROOKE NAGLER ASSOCIATE ARTS EDITOR
In the intimate yet crowded sea of hairstyles and springtime flannel shirts, the question, “Who here is queer...or likes queers?” was met with exuberant applause. On Friday night, queer artists took the stage at The Revival with comedy, storytelling, vocal performance, and drag for SPACE: LMAO with LGBTQIA. The connection between performer and audience was immediate: The night was intended as a celebration of identity, not just a few hours of laughs. The audience watched performers joke, sing, and dance about being in the queer community—a subject not well-represented in the history of comedy—and the performers spoke about their lives with an audience that could relate. As co-host Shannon Noll explained before the show, showcasing queer comedians “sets more of a norm where you don’t have to spend time explaining yourself.” Noll, along with their co-host and fellow comedian Carly Ballerini, created the show in response to the tensions surrounding the presidential election. It was an exploration of the everyday struggle of feeling excluded from the dominant social norms. Yet underlying the intensity was the message that “there’s a lot of love to be had still.” At times, the vulnerability was wrapped with humor. Stand-up comedian Peter Kim expressed his identity to his mom through what he thought were indicative actions: “I’m going to look at jewelry, bitch, I’m gay.” Ballerini ad-
dressed the terrifying overlord who adds his gay-hate to the already homophobic administration—Vice President Mike Pence. Her take on the situation? Pence is definitely gay: “He thinks sexuality is a choice—that means you’re choosing to be straight. Which means you’re gay!” But other performers framed their content with a less-apparent cloak of sarcasm. In a poignant story about missed connections, comic essayist Erin Diamond provided a captivating take on her own life infused with a commentary about the blatant injustice in the prison system. Each time she returned to the mantra of her tale—“how did we get here?”—the phrase resonated with additional meaning. Beyond animating the queer experience, the performers also discussed the intersections of marginalization. A frustrated Kim hates being a token: “I’m the only gaysian around!” But, in keeping with the unique audience-performer dynamic, Kim was not alone. To his surprise, an audience member articulated his identity as a gay Korean man—the fi rst time it’s happened before, Kim admits. Comedian Melody Kamali framed her set around how her identities both alienate and anchor her to points of relation. She spoke of her frustrations with the “No-Shave November” traditions in her male-dominated workspace. “I feel like I should be let in the boys’ club because I’m Middle Eastern,” she said. “I can grow a beard, no problem!” Not only did the show offer space for the performers to express themselves, but it also hoped its audience members could
find the strength to come out in their own way. In our conversation before the show, Noll described hearing another comic discuss their gender non-conformity onstage, an experience that helped them come out as genderqueer. “I was like, ‘Oh, you can do that?’” they said. “I was so scared the first time, but now it’s totally comfortable.” Performers did not seem to shy away from exuberant personal expression. Perhaps it was their unabashedly exuberant personalities, movements, and dress that lit up the night. Drag queen Kimothy danced in her sequined top and thigh-length denim high-heeled boots as she lip-synched to “Aaron’s Party (Come Get It)” by Aaron Carter. Her sass was matched by the swagger of comic Cody Melcher, who sauntered around the stage
in his shiny vest, colorful red jacket, and fi ne leather loafers, not to mention the glittery hand-held fan that he flashed mid-performance. As Melcher explored his struggles with mental health, showcasing both powerful wit and intimate vulnerability, his clothes helped him balance his set. “If you guys start getting sad, just look at the jacket,” he advised. With a successful display of energy and communal sharing, Noll and Ballerini have pitched camp in an exciting new space where Hyde Park can interact with the Chicago queer community at large. The hosts have planned the next show for May 19, with hopes to make it a monthly event. They call on queer folks everywhere—“and hip straight people too”—to come out.
Brooke Nagler Shannon Noll and Carly Ballerini co-hosted the performace which included comedy, drag performances and storytelling.
Two New Works, Neither Weak: Making a Killing and Shades BY IVAN OST MAROON CONTRIBUTOR
University Theater (UT)’s New Work Week, a two-weekend exhibition of new student works, has a reputation: the shows are notoriously spotty, says a second-year closely associated with UT. It can be hard to know if your $5 ticket will score you a preview of the next theater great (Broadway darling Hamilton debuted in a reading festival!) or an hour-long primer on everything they tell you to avoid at the Yale School of Drama. A reputation like this inspires trepidation. On the elevator ride up to the performance space on the Logan Center’s fi fth floor, I overheard a tall fella say to his short friend, “I’m worried it’ll sell out!” Quipped the friend, “Really, don’t be.” I caught two shows at New Work Week, Making a Killing by third-year Val Bodurtha and Shades by fourth-year Cynthia Campos Costanzo. As two shows are a tiny portion of the works presented, this piece should not be treated as a comprehensive review of the festival. Yet these two plays captured the incredible breadth of tone, theme, and quality that characterizes New Work Week. Was it spotty? Oh, absolutely. Were there bad moments? Of course! But I’m pleased to say there were good ones too. That said, the good moments were sadly sporadic. Making a Killing is a superbly funny, thoughtful vignette of Tom (second-year Jacob Goodman)—a twenty-something still joined at the hip to his mother (second-year Ali Futter)—who collaborates with a burned-out but creative murderer (fourth-year Alex Hearn). Tom’s quest: to become the next famous serial
killer. A premise this strong will walk on its own—happily, director and third-year Natalie Pasquinelli ensured far more than just that. Tasked with only reading scripts, her actors inhabited their characters convincingly. Goodman portrayed a downtrodden, yet optimistic millennial facing insecurity about his limited success and reliance on his mother; Hearn presented a delightfully disheveled Leonard, the ex-killer longing for his glory days. Though there wasn’t much to consider beyond the characters, given the bare setting of the readthrough, Making a Killing was able to keep the action engaging despite a scrutiny that could kill a weaker play. Sharp changes in setting clearly inspired by the cutaway style of shows like Family Guy introduced new settings, challenges, and opportunities for comic relief. While their suddenness at times felt jarring and better suited for television, they kept the play moving forward. The theater might seem an odd place for a TV trope, but its inclusion helped the play’s 45 minutes feel like 20. Beyond its deft humor, the play also delved into deeper questions of success and failure, Tom is unable to generate an original idea; Leonard’s formerly original murder plots have been poached by crime shows. It’s impossible to get a break, but still they persist—a surprisingly bittersweet takeaway for an otherwise campy affair. The end of the play is similarly challenging. In a fairly predictable twist, Tom and Leonard take a joyous, bloody romp through the HBO writer’s room: We face both the lesson that murder is a victory (a less effective emotional prompt) and the realization that they ultimately failed to beat an unjust system (much better). I spent much of those 45 minutes laughing and still came away with
things to think about. I’d call that a success. The second work, Shades, had a harder time getting off the ground. Marie (Futter) is a private detective with ADHD. (In this universe, this condition manifests itself as a human entity called a shade.) She agrees to help Mark (second-year Miles White), her boyfriend, look for his missing niece, May (fourth-year Michaela Voit). They finally find her in a well-intentioned but illegitimate therapy center, where she is reunited with the family. It’s a mouthful. Even more confusing was how much of the play dealt in long, slow-feeling scenes despite the depth and potential richness of the conflict: talking in Mark’s car for roughly 20 minutes, for instance, or spending five minutes speaking to McDonald’s employees. Treating a mental illness as a physical manifestation—perhaps a little derivative of Pixar’s Inside Out—is an interesting idea, albeit imperfectly executed. Briefly and superficially introduced at the beginning, it’s a device neglected for most of the play. It feels forced, tacked onto characters who otherwise demonstrate no unique personhood. Although it returns at the end of the play to effectively drive tension between Marie and May, this inconsistent treatment renders their mental illness an afterthought, an accessory—not what the playwright meant to convey, but an unfortunate consequence nonetheless. This particular problem of characterization points to a deeper issue—the writing was not very strong, with most characters speaking in the same earnest, affectionate register. Even the McDonald’s staff, a clear opportunity to break from the mold of the rest of the characters, was assigned the same tone. It was difficult to imagine the shades as well-conceived characters given
this monotony of voice. The play also tended towards the sentimental, with extended romantic scenes between Mark and Marie that could’ve been pared down to greater effect, and a heartfelt reunion between estranged daughter and family that felt confused and forced. Weren’t we just dealing with the conflict between the daughter, who feels that her mental illness hasn’t been properly recognized, and her family? Apparently not. Further, many complex issues are introduced in such straw-man forms as to make both their resolution and conflict trivial. The therapist is a literal fake, no degree—of course May shouldn’t be visiting him. That’s obvious. But what about her parents pushing her to medicate? What about when she refuses therapy altogether? There are interesting questions to ask, but Shades dodges most of them. I don’t want to be too hard on the play. It is devilishly hard to establish complex characters with enough nuance to portray mental illness in the span of an hour and 20 minutes. Taking on an ambitious, wandering plot can be rewarding, but is difficult to keep compelling. And there were strong moments, too. In the ending, Marie, the only one who recognizes May’s mental illness, calms May down instead of her mother—it’s a poignant and difficult moment, with May’s mother especially powerless. So, yes, certainly, New Work Week is spotty. But it’s also an unusual opportunity to see the process of writing a script, the work and revision involved, and to develop a sense for the challenge of turning characters and words on paper into something that lives and breathes. It isn’t perfect, no— neither play was. But in some way, I think, that’s not the point.
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From the Ashes: PhiNix Ignites with Revival Showcase BY LELA JENKINS MAROON CONTRIBUTOR
Last Saturday, University of Chicago students and Hyde Park community members crowded into Mandel Hall for Revival, PhiNix Dance Crew’s spring showcase. A mix of ner ves and excitement filled the room. As the house lights dimmed, audience members could barely contain their cheers and hollers in anticipation of seeing UChicago’s largest hip-hop group let loose on stage. Supportive cheers from the audience never ceased throughout the show. The dancers reciprocated the enthusiasm of the audience with a consistently high-energy performance. “ This is the first time the choreo crew has done a winter set and a senior set (in addition to fall and spring sets) for our showcase,” said fourth-year Natalia Delery, the community outreach director. “So although it was a challenge to bring together all of the sets in time for the show, I think it’s a great addition that will hopefully set a precedent and tradition for future years.” PhiNix’s showcase also featured choreography from four other groups, UChicago Maya, UChicago Bhangra, FIA Modern, and the Electric Funketeers, who performed styles ranging from popping and locking to whacking and freestyle. Together, the groups fed off of each other’s energies, creating an attention-grabbing dance fusion. “As a performer, it’s really fun to
meet other dancers from outside UChicago, and it’s also fun for the audience to experience totally new performances from these outside groups,” third-year Brianna Pinder said. The showcase also featured a variety of music, proving PhiNix could embody hip-hop styles without relying on hip-hop music. A lot of the pieces were danced to pop, electronic, or acoustic songs, with one featuring a live guitar and beatboxer. Other songs were more reminiscent of classic hip-hop, transporting the audience to the streets of Harlem in the ’90s. Now and again, pieces focused more on storytelling, bringing a sense of unique hip-hop humor and lightheartedness to the show. In the opening number, dancers held their cell phones to depict a desire to break free from everyday life; another dance featured various cleaning supplies and janitor costumes to convey an escape from routine. Toward the end of the showcase, PhiNix paid tribute to its graduating fourth-years, who have served as the foundation of and driving force behind the dance group throughout their tenure. “ It’s definitely bittersweet,” fourth-year Kevin Moy said. “ This is my last Revival, and it’s the first year that the seniors put on a set by ourselves. It was a lot of fun creating the set with some of my best friends on the crew. But everyone has been killing it, and we have really talented firstyears.”
EXHIBIT [A]rts [4/18] TUESDAY 6–8 p.m. The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago opens its doors to college students throughout Chicago for University Night. The evening features snacks, complimentary tours of Merce Cunningham: Common Time, and prizes! Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 220 E. Chicago Ave, free admission and transportation with UCID. 7:30–8:30 p.m. Third week of the month means the Third Tuesday Jazz Series is back. For April, the Hyde Park Jazz Society presents saxophonist Pat Mallinger. Second set at 9 p.m. Café Logan at Logan Center for the Arts, free [4/19] WEDNESDAY 6–9 p.m. In this one-woman show, Black Virgins Are Not for Hipsters, critically-acclaimed writer and actress Echo Brown tackles sexual assault, black femininity, gentrification, the prison-industrial complex, sexism, and racism. Join Resources for Sexual Violence Prevention for this performance, as well as dinner and a discussion. Logan Center for the Arts, free. [4/20] THURSDAY 6–8 p.m. Start:, a pop-up gallery featuring works by fourth-years Gabby Davis and Juliet Eldred, is celebrating its Hyde Park opening with a reception. There will also be refreshments! 1520 S. Harper Court, free. [4/22] SATURDAY 3–4 p.m. The Smart Museum of Art and UBallet have joined forces to create A Classical Ballet, choreographed by third-year Magdalena Glotzer. The work is inspired by
the comparative themes of the Smart’s special exhibition Classicisms. Smart Museum of Art, free. 7–9:30 p.m.This year’s African Caribbean Students Association (ACSA) cultural show, ACSA Aesthetics, celebrates the diversity that characterizes the African and Caribbean diaspora in Chicago and around the world. Join ACSA for an evening of music, dance, comedy, food, and fashion. International House, tickets available for purchase in Reynolds Club or online. 8–10 p.m.The University Symphony Orchestra is joined by award-winning pianist Ko-Eun Yi for Gershwin Greats, an evening in celebration of this all-American composer. A reception will follow. Mandel Hall, free. 9–10 p.m. Travel through space in “A Wrinkle in Time,” based on the beloved children’s novel by Madeleine L’Engle. Logan Center for the Arts, free. [4/23] SUNDAY 5:30–7 p.m. Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa begins the first of four lectures on his creative process. This lecture series is part of the Berlin Family Lectures, which are co-sponsored by the UChicago Division of the Humanities. International House, tickets available at berlinfamilylectures.uchicago. edu. 9–11 p.m. Doc Films is screening Three Crowns of the Sailor, a cult classic that is particularly difficult to come by. And, as if that weren’t exciting enough, it’s being shown in its intended 35mm format, which has come to Chicago from France. Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, $5 for students.
“...the chorus of ‘How Deep is Your Love?’ becomes an intimate hymn” continued from front The members go on a retreat twice a year songs, for a multi-faceted piece of art. Like and group started to harmonize [layering] graduated last spring, Voices planned and performed at Carnegie Mellon and the a Möbius strip, it seamlessly twists on itself on top of each other to become one cohesive to use this year to consolidate. “It never University of Wisconsin–Madison in the fall. in perpetual motion. From the opening bars large movement.” While the term “voices in your head” usucrossed my mind that I would be part of “My entire social life is pretty much Voices,” of Diplo’s “Revolution,” lifted by Yuen’s powthe generation that would also go to finals Volpert said. “I spend more time with them erful soprano, to the leaden hopelessness of “Lost It to Trying” to the quivering optimism one day,” said first-year Hillary Yuen. Yuen, than I do with members of my house.” In rehearsals, the atmosphere is focused of “Angels,” the set is marked by an emphasis along with bass Eric Volpert, are two of the group’s six new members this year. Much of but playful; members ask detailed questions, on unified sound. “The strategy of the group has always chat in between run-throughs, and dance fall quarter was spent exploring the group’s new sound. “All of our new members stepped around to loosen up. When trying to explain been to use intricate arrangements and to “We always rely on blend up in new ways to produce this piece of art how to deliver a note, third-year musical di- use the group sound as the star of the show,” on tuning and balance that is better than we could have anticipated rector Will Cabaniss described it as “linear,” Cabaniss said. The accompanying choreography, creatat which point others jokingly suggested that at the beginning of this year,” Gosz said. of our block.” ed by second-year Al Daibes, the group’s creVolpert, who listened to the LIGHTS al- it was “logarithmic” or, rather, “sinusoidal.” –David Gosz The group is able to channel its playful ative director, is a similar study in contrast. bum three times on his drive to campus from Philadelphia, always knew—like Yuen— dynamic into silly group traditions. A pre- Cubes dissipate, V-formations melt into lines, show tradition to keep the jitters at bay is and singers sway in a circle or raise their that he wanted to join Voices in Your Head. “I came from this background of being a a group chant of “go ninja go”, which was eyes to the ceiling in unison. “My choreography relies a lot on very choral bass in a choir [where you have to] transformed into “go ’bama go” when the sing as loud as you can so people can hear Voices performed at a White House holiday clean mathematical movements,” Daibes ally denotes isolation, Voices in Your Head said, in true UChicago fashion.w “I had delivers powerful performances through you,” Volpert said about transitioning be- party in 2015. The 2012 ICCA arrangement of “We this concept of everyone standing in a cube not one, but 15 voices. Voices channels their tween two different performance settings. “[But in a cappella competitions] you have to Found Love” was the group’s breakthrough and each part having different movements close-knit bond and passion for singing onto be really in tune because the mics will pick moment. It crystallized Voices’s distinctive within the cube,” he continued regarding the stage, and it echoes wherever they sing, approach to a cappella—reworking and rein- the first major formation of the set. “The be it in Logan 701 or—in a week—New you up.” Singing together on stage, on top of terpreting familiar songs for audiences, with disjointedness and togetherness of the music York’s Beacon Theatre. a focus on intricate vocal arrangements and innovative textures. And for many current members, including Gosz and Cabaniss, it “Voices has been a made them consider attending UChicago in rollercoaster ride... but the first place. “We have a joke in the group that we’re it’s the best decision I’ve not a collegiate a cappella group, we’re just a made since getting here” professional a cappella group that happens to be in a collegiate setting” said Olagbami, –Ire Olagbami the group’s business manager. This year’s set explores the limits of the human voice as a complex musical instruhours spent in rehearsals working toward a ment. “Oftentimes in a cappella, we tend to common goal, creates a deep sense of mutual forget the limits of our instruments,” said respect and camaraderie within the Voices Cabaniss, who added that he aimed this cohort. year to play with timbre and texture. The “There’s just this element of creating arrangements span a variety of genres, from Courtesy of George Black art with someone else that creates a realTop 40 pop to R&B to gospel-influenced Voices in Your Head performed at the University of Wisconsin–Madison during fall quarter. ly strong bond between them,” Volpert said.
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Similar Records but Different Hopes for Chicago Teams BY EMMETT ROSENBAUM SPORTS STAFF
The sun has come out in Chicago, and baseball season is underway. While the two Chicago teams have almost the same record after two weeks, the expectations for them couldn’t be more different. The Cubs came into the season as the champions, looking to defend their fi rst World Series title in 108 years. Despite what their record looks like early on, the Cubs team is loaded with talent. Superstars like Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, and Jon Lester may lead the pack, but where the team really makes its killing is in its depth. Behind Lester, Jake Arrieta and Kyle Hendricks form a three-headed monster of a rotation that will strike fear into the heart of any playoff opponent. Meanwhile, every hitter in the lineup is a threat to do damage, with the only question being whether former all-star Jason Heyward can fi nd his old swing again. Even if he can’t, the likes of Ben Zobrist, Willson Contreras, and Kyle Schwarber are more than capable of picking up the slack. The bullpen saw the departure of closer Aroldis Chapman in the offseason, but also had its ranks bolstered when the team traded for Wade Davis. The fl amethrower will be joined by the likes of Pedro Strop and Mike Montgomery to round out the Cubs’ group of late-inning relievers. With every part of the team looking strong (we haven’t even mentioned their great defense), the biggest question they face during the regu-
lar season isn’t if they’ll win the division but by how many games. Otherwise, the true test lies in October. The White Sox, meanwhile, waved the white flag during the offseason, shipping out big-name talent like Chris Sale and Adam Eaton in an effort to rebuild a barren farm system. The team had been treading water for a few years, using the same stars-and-scrubs roster over and over again to no effect. General Manager Rick Hahn fi nally decided to make a change, and a big one at that. The biggest questions that remain for the White Sox in 2017 are when will they trade Jose Quintana, and who else will they manage to ship out? It isn’t the most compelling storyline, but that sentiment is going to be true of this team for a couple of years. However, the future is brighter than it has been in a long time. The minor leagues are now loaded with talent, including a $64 million Cuban named Yoan Moncada, a kid called Michael Kopech who has thrown a ball at 105 mph, and Lucas Giolito, who is considered one of the best pitching prospects in the game. You might not know their names yet, but in a few years, you will. So for the time being, the North Side fl ourishes while the South Side starts back at the bottom. It is a bit telling. However, Cubs fans should have reason to worry, with the Dodgers and Nationals hot on their tail, and Sox fans do have new hope for the fi rst time in a while. However, the season has just started, and for now, some baseball still needs to be played.
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SPORTS IN-QUOTES... “It’s an honor to be on Shaqtin’ a fool” — NBA star Dwayne Wade on his failed dunk attempt in Game One versus the Celtics
Split at North Central SOFTBALL
BY SIMONE STOVER SPORTS STAFF
For the University of Chicago’s softball team, this past weekend was one of tight competition. On Saturday, April 15, the team traveled to Naperville, IL ,for a doubleheader against North Central. The Maroons got off to a rocky start in their first game but managed to rally toward the end. At the end of the first inning, the Cardinals were leading with a 2–0 score. The South Siders managed to come back during the third inning, scoring a total of five runs and pushing ahead of their opponents. Each team would score one more run by the end of the game, rounding out the score at 6–3 in favor of the Maroons. The second game of the day was a much closer contest. At the end of the seventh inning, the two teams were tied 3–3, putting the game into extra innings. The Maroons did not manage to score during the eighth inning, while the Cardinals were able to come away with a single run, resulting in a 4–3 loss for the Maroons. These results have brought the Maroons’ overall season record up to 27–10. Having achieved both a victory and a
loss, the Maroons’ feelings toward the weekend seem to be mixed. “North Central was a tough split because we were right there to sweep,” fourth-year designated player Anna Woolery said. “I’m proud of how we fought. The middle infield and offense looked especially good our first game. We, however, let up a bit and failed to finish the second game.” In the coming week, the Maroons will face off against three other opponents: Hope, Aurora, and Case. On Monday, April 17, the Maroons traveled to Holland, MI, for their matchup against Hope. Their next competition will be on April 20 against Aurora. “As we approach Aurora on Thursday, I’m hopeful that we’ve learned from our mistakes and will play to our potential, which is sharp defense, strong offense, and precise base running,” Woolery said. “Given our two opponents in region, this is a significant week for us.” The matchup against Aurora will more than likely turn out to be a close one. In last year’s doubleheader against the Spartans, the Maroons achieved a split result, winning the first game with a 6–3 victory and finishing out the day with a close 5–4 loss. In addition, the common opponents that
Brooke Nagler Serena Moss makes her way to first during the team’s April 9 win against Wash U.
the two teams have shared thus far this season seem to indicate that the teams will go into the game fairly evenly matched, with perhaps a slight lean in favor of the Maroons. The Maroons achieved a win against Benedictine back in March, while Aurora suffered both a win and a loss in a doubleheader against the Eagles earlier this month.
Both teams have also gone up against Wheaton in doubleheaders, which resulted in a split result for the Spartans and a pair of wins for the Maroons. The doubleheader against Aurora will take place at Aurora’s campus on Thursday, April 20. The first game will begin at 3 p.m., and the second game will begin at 5 p.m.
Loss in Rough Weather TENNIS
BY GARY HUANG SPORTS STAFF
The University of Chicago men’s tennis team (15–3) traveled to St. Louis over the weekend and returned with a win over the No. 40 nationally ranked University of Wisconsin–Whitewater (10–11) but a loss to the No. 6 nationally ranked Washington University in St. Louis (15–3). The Maroons put in a dominant performance on the first day, sweeping Wisconsin–Whitewater 9–0. Chicago rode its momentum from previous matches in doubles to take 8–2 decisions at the No. 1 and No. 2 spots. The third doubles match was tight, but second-year Charlie Pei and third-year Bobby Bethke were ultimately able to dispatch their opponents 9–7. The storyline followed a similar pattern in the
singles battles, with all six competitors overcoming the opposing Warhawks comfortably in straight sets. Third-year Nicolas Chua shut out his opponent at the No. 1 slot, while fellow third-years Luke Tsai and Peter Leung only gave up three games each. Other winners on the day included Pei and second-year Jonathan Li at No. 2 and No. 6, respectively, and first-year Erik Kerrigan at No. 3. The result of the second match of the weekend was foreshadowed by adverse weather. In a rematch between two highly nationally ranked UAA conference rivals, the South Siders were unable to replicate their performance from the teams’ fi rst meeting and dropped a close 5–4 decision to interconference rivals Wash U. After the weather forced the always-competitive matchup to take place indoors, the Ma-
roons were able to gather themselves and claim victory in two of the three doubles contests. Despite losing at No. 1 doubles in a tight 9–8 game, the No. 2 and No. 3 slots were able to close out their victories 8–1 and 8–6. The singles matches created plenty of anxiety for both teams as three matches were elongated to three sets. At No. 2, Kerrigan was able to quickly beat his opponent 6–2, 6–2. Leung then successively snagged the No. 6 game 6–0, 4–6, 6–2. With the overall team score at an even 4–4 draw and the total time of the contest approaching six hours, it came down to the line in the third set tiebreak at the No. 4 slot. Strong play from Jeremy Bush of Wash U ultimately snatched the match for the Bears 5–4. Reflecting on the team’s performance
against Wash U, third-year Leung said, “We gave it our all, and a couple of the matches simply didn’t go our way. There’s nothing much else to do but to practice more and hope for the best this next weekend at UAAs.” Preparing for the coming weekend, he commented, “We plan on simply resting up, and after that, just making sure we are feeling well physically: Florida’s climate has quite the grueling humidity, so it’s important that we go in at 100 percent.” The men’s tennis team will look to recover from their season closer as they head to Altamonte Springs this Friday through Sunday to seek a UAA Conference Championship. Should the rivals face off again in the tournament, the outcome may surely be different.
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